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Bahrain hired Washington PR firm to whitewash their image

Image is what others perceive you to be and character is what you are

Repost from IfLizWereQueen

Instead of indulging in the favorite pastime of my friends which seems to be bashing Rick Perry, I decided to see what other news might be out there and I came across this tidbit on Bahrain.

The Bahraini government has hired the Washington public relations firm Qorvis Communications, which counts Saudi Arabia among its clients, to upgrade its image abroad.

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According to WIKI, Qorvis Communications was hired by Saudi Arabia for $14 million dollars a year to improve its image in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Qorvis engaged in a PR frenzy that publicized the “9/11 Commission finding that there was ‘no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded [Al Qaeda]‘—while omitting the report’s conclusion that ‘Saudi Arabia has been a problematic ally in combating Islamic extremism.’” [Note: the Saudis who provided mercenaries (likely Blackwater) for the Bahraini king to keep the people in line probably also gave him a reference for Qorvis.]

According to Foreign Agents Registration filings with the Department of Justice,  Bahrain’s government pays Qorvis $40,000 per month to whitewash the regime’s image in face of civil protests, known as the Pearl Revolution.

Senior advisor to Qorvis Communications is Ken Chaffee who recently joined them in June of 2011.  Chaffee spent 17 years as an editor at The Washington Times. Chaffee will also remain at The Washington Times on their masthead as an “editorial consultant.”  In case you are not familiar with The Washington Times, it was founded in 1982 by Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon, and until 2010 was owned by News World Communications, an international media conglomerate associated with the church. The Washington Times is known for its conservative views.

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By the way, if you are looking for work and don’t mind working for a firm that does PR for dictators who murder their people:

here are many more positions available. If you’re interested in joining our rapidly growing firm, please contact Jessica Bayer at jbayer@qorvis.com.

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